Bantry's Wild Atlantic Way
This lookout point above Seskin offers the most all-around view of Bantry Town. There is a picnic facility, a walk way which you can explore up to the top of Knocknaveigh Hill, also known locally as Vaughan’s Pass. Notice of the tranquillity, take view of Whiddy Island and the natural environment that surrounds you. Remember your camera for this outing.
Castletownkenneigh Round Tower
One of only two round towers in the county of Cork (the second is in Cloyne), the round tower at Castletownkenneigh has National Monument Status. It is thought to date back to the 10th or 11th century, with an additional upper section added in the mid – 19th century to make a belfry. What is unique about this structure is its 5m-high hectagonal base and this impressive historic tower reaches 20m in height. The tower also has 5 storeys as well as a basement and is overlooking St. Bartholomew’s Church of Ireland Parish Church and cemetery. Access to the interior of the tower is no longer allowed due to safety reasons but enjoy the grounds, the culture and take notice of the beauty that is right on our doorstep in West Cork
Clonakilty Catholic Church’s Stained Glass Paradise
You do not need to be a church goer to appreciate a visit to the Clonakilty Catholic Church. The architecture and stained glass alone attract so much more warranted attention that there are now pamphlets on offer at the church giving visitors details on the glass window by the famed artist Harry Clarke in the church of the Nativity in nearby Timoleague.
Rosscarbery’s Warren Strand
Rosscarbery’s Warren Strand is a gem of a beach and enjoys Blue Flag status. It is family friendly with safe bathing and there are numerous rock pools for children to explore. There is a lifeguard on duty during peak season and toilet facilities. If you prefer to try your hand at fishing, the pier on the western side is a popular angling spot. The walk from the Celtic Ross Hotel to the pier is a popular choice with locals and visitors alike as is the Warren Cliff walk on the eastern side of the beach. Take Notice of the sand between your feet, the sounds of the waves as they creep onto the beach, the sound of the wind blowing through the trees, dogs barking and the laugher of children.
Glandore’s Drombeg Stone Circle
Also knows as the Druids Altar, this is a recumbent stone circle consisting of 13 closely spaced stones. Of all the megalithic sites in Ireland, Drombeg is the most visited. A little to the West of the Monument are two round stone walled prehistoric huts and a fulacht fiadh (cooking place), which features a hearth, a well and a trough in which water could be boiled by the additional of red hot stones. Take Notice of our local history, remember how far we have come, appreciate the traditions of the past while embracing the here and now.
Castlefreke Woods and Trails
Between Rathbarry and Owenahincha, Castlefreke has some great woods, trails and local beaches. Castlefreke Castle – a gothic ruin which was burnt by Cromwellian Forces in 1648 is one of Ireland’s most imposing ruins. Castlefreke woods are state owned and have a marked trail showing both a linear and a circuit walk.
Galley Head Lighthouse
Galley Head Lighthouse gives superb views over the ocean. The lighthouse was built in 1875 and it was from there that the keepers would have witnessed the tragic loss of the Lusitania in 1915. It is also claimed that Ray Bradley based his story ‘The Fog Horn’ on a reported a sighting of a giant sea serpent of Galley Head in the 1800’s.
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